Melbourne has locked away free agent Christian Salem for a further five years, with the 25-year-old defender putting pen to paper on a new deal that will see him a Demon until at least the end of the 2026 season.

A versatile player with a great understanding of the game, Salem is known for his elite foot skills and his ability to rebound the ball from half-back.

Over the past few years, Salem has emerged as one of the best rebounding defenders in the game and one of Melbourne’s most reliable performers.

“We are absolutely rapt to have Christian commit his long-term future to the club,” List Manager, Tim Lamb told Melbourne Media.

“Given he would have been eligible for Free Agency at the end of this year it is significant that he has forgone that opportunity to extend his time here so early in the season.

“Christian has developed into a crucial player and we believe he still has significant growth in his game.

“He is a much loved and highly respected member of our playing group and we are excited to see what he can produce for the red and blue in the years to come.”

Salem, who was drafted in the 2013 National Draft with pick No.9, has played 111 games for Melbourne across eight seasons.